Debridement of the Achilles Tendon

Overview

This outpatient procedure is designed to repair a damaged Achilles tendon. During the procedure, injured and scarred tissue is removed. This can reduce or eliminate the pain of tendinitis.

Preparation

In preparation for the procedure, the patient is anesthetized and positioned. The surgical site is cleansed with an antiseptic solution.

Debridement

The surgeon creates an incision along the Achilles tendon. The surgeon carefully examines the tendon and the sheath that surrounds it. Damaged tissue and calcium deposits are removed. The healthy portions of the tendon may be reinforced. If the tendon is severely deteriorated, a more extensive procedure such as a tendon transfer may be necessary.

End of Procedure and After Care

When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed. The ankle is immobilized in a splint or a cast. You will use crutches during the first stage of healing. You may then begin to walk with a brace. Physical therapy will be required.



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